Couriers say they were promised P600,000 to transport P136-M shabu to Negros

Published January 17, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Niño Luces 

LEGAZPI CITY, Albay – The two couriers of 20 kilos of shabu worth P136 million, who were arrested in an interdiction operation at the Matnog port on Thursday morning, said someone had offered them P300,000.00 each if they could deliver the illegal drugs somewhere in Negros.

In a press conference conducted by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) regional office Friday morning, suspects Jose Lani “Dong” Racaza and cousin Irish dela Peña, both residents of Muntinlupa City disclosed that they were offered by a person, whom they did not know, to deliver the shipment of shabu in exchange for P300,000 which he and dela Peña would each receive.

“May nagbigay po sa amin niyan tapos i-deliver daw sa Negros at mayroon susundo sa amin doon. Kapalit po ay babayaran kami ng P300,000.00 bawat isa,” Racaza said.

He admitted knowing that the luggage they were carrying was filled with high grade shabu, but insisted that it was their first time to deliver illegal drugs.

Irish said that she was convinced to accept the job because she did not have any source of income and that her husband was in jail at the moment.

“Wala po kasi akong trabaho. Maliliit pa yung mga anak ko. Di ko po alam kung ano na mangyayari sa kanila. Heto na, nandito na ako. Nangyari na ito,” she said while crying.

The suspects narrated that they were only given money for transportation expenses, and were promised that the amount P300,000 will be given them in Negros.

“Sumakay po kami sa bus doon na sa Alabang sa Poblacion papunta po dito,” Racaza continued.

PDEA Bicol Regional Director Christian Frivaldo said that the suspects didn’t go through scrutiny at the terminal by not leaving the bus when it was at the port.

“Luckily, with the coordination and intelligence report, we intercepted this huge quantity of illegal drugs intended to Visayas region,” Frivaldo said.

Meanwhile Frivaldo added that he has already proposed to the Bicol Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) and Bicol Regional Development Council (RDC) to put up station that will scrutinize security travelers entering and leaving Bicol.

“Hopefully sana ma-approve na kasi, ito yung mag-scrutinize na seguridad papasok at palabas ng Bicol. Pagdaan ng pampasahero at pribadong sasakyan, meron na x-ray machine para walang makakalusot na droga. Ilalagay sana natin ito sa Tabugon sa Camarines Norte para walang lusot ang droga na ibinibiyahe sa kalsada,” he said.